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Chris Collins: Captains Should Earn The Title

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Chris Collins (@coach_collins) is the Head Basketball Coach at Northwestern University. Before arriving, Collins spent 13 years as an assistant coach for Duke and also worked closely with the USA Men's Basketball teams that won Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012. As a player, Collins received Illinois' top high school honor as 'Mr. Basketball' and went on to an illustrious career at Duke University.

Collins explains that a team captain should not be an empty title, and instead players should earn it and take the role seriously. In order to create meaning for this role, Collins uses the off-season to analyze which players emerge in a leadership role and take ownership over the upcoming season. He then has both players and coaches participate in a vote. That way, the player who becomes captain earn it and will take it more seriously because they are supported by both coaches and teammates.